Sedation Dentistry - #1 Sedation Dentist in Carlstadt - Smiles by Rizzo

What is Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry has been around for over 100 years. Medication is used during a dental procedure to make patients feel more relaxed.


What to Expect?

Sedation dentistry can be used on a wide variety of procedures that are both simple and complex.


Who Should Use Sedation Dentistry

It is no secret that most of us do not like going to the dentist. In fact, many people go years without even a check-up or cleaning.


Dental Implants

Dental implants are an advanced alternative to replacing lost teeth with dentures or bridges. Implants offer an aesthetically pleasing and durable result, creating the foundation for both fixed and removable replacement for missing teeth.


Types of Sedation Dentistry

There are three main types of sedation dentistry: Oral Sedation, Nitrous Oxide, and Intravenous Conscious (IV).


Family Dentistry

Dr. Rizzo specializes in both General & Cosmetics Dentistry suitable for the whole family!

Hello, Welcome to Our Family!

Finding a good dentist can be difficult, especially if you are looking for a dentist to service the whole family. That’s why here at Smiles by Rizzo, our staff goes above and beyond to create a welcoming atmosphere where your family will feel right at home. After completing his residency in New Jersey, Dr. Rizzo decided to stay and practice right here in Carlstadt, NJ. As a proud member of the community, he joined local organizations New Jersey Dental Association and Bergen County Dental Society. In doing so, Dr. Rizzo is always up to date with the latest practices in family dentistry. This allows him to serve his patients of all ages as best as possible. 

Although many people stick to their local dentist, it is not uncommon for our patients outside of Carlstadt to make quite a drive to see us – a small sacrifice to pay to see their favorite family dentist!

Dr. Gerald Rizzo

See What People Have to Say About Us:

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“I can’t say enough about this office. This was the best dental experience I have ever had, the staff was super friendly and knowledgeable. Nuria is an amazing dental hygienist she was reassuring and calming every step of the way, the doctor was also calming, caring and knowledge. The equipment in the office is new and up to date and very clean. I had brought my 4 year old daughter here first who is very much scared of doctors and she loved them, now our entire family goes to Dr.Rizzo. We are so very happy with them, they are the best in their field for sure.”

-Nadia A.

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“After one visit with Dr. Rizzo I realized there is no reason to fear going to the dentist anymore. He has the most amazing bedside manner when dealing with patients. He is calm and reassuring and never makes you feel guilty for neglecting your oral care. He takes the time to explain everything in detail and makes sure you understand that it’s not as bad as you think it is. His staff is amazing as well. They take the time to go over your estimate and will work with you to figure out the best way to maximize your insurance dollars in order to make it most affordable to you. They are not out to rip you off and make you pay for unnecessary treatments or procedures you don’t need. I have transferred my family’s dental care into his capable hands and I refer EVERYONE I know to him as well. They are that good!”

-Elizabeth F.

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“Love Dr. Rizzo he is amazing so kind, down to earth and very intelligent not only in dentistry but is very knowledgeable in other areas. His office staff Elizabeth and Barbara were so kind and helpful my whole family will start coming to this practice now.”

-Holly T.

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It is no secret that most of us do not like going to the dentist. In fact, many people go years without even a check-up or cleaning. Some reasons for avoiding the dentist include:

  • Fear of needles, drills, or other dental instruments
  • Past traumatic dental experiences
  • Sensitive teeth and/or difficulty getting numb
  • Discomfort with the smells, noises, and tastes that accompany dental workFortunately, in this day and age, these issues are no longer a reason to avoid the dentist. With sedation dentistry, patients are able to have a comfortable, anxiety-free experience while having their dental work performed.


Sedation dentistry has been around for over 100 years, and has continued to evolve over the last 40 years as more options are made available to patients. In order to perform sedation, dentists are required to become accredited and complete additional training. However, its widespread acceptance and use has come about more slowly than medical sedation.

While it is common practice to be sedated by doctors for medical procedures, for some time there has been the misconception that routine dental work is not uncomfortable enough to justify the use of sedation. Fortunately, dental sedation is now used worldwide. It has proven to be a safe and effective option for a variety of patients and procedures.

Sedation Dentistry in Carlstadt, NJ


Depending on the extent of the work being done and the needs of the individual patient, we offer three different methods of sedation:

  1. Oral Sedation (pill) – This is the lowest level of sedation we administer, usually for patients who are afraid of getting a shot, or are just anxious about having dental work done. Usually one pill is taken the night before to help the patient sleep, then another an hour prior to the dental appointment.
  2. Nitrous Oxide – Also known as inhalation sedation or “laughing gas,” this is one step up from the oral sedative. A mask is placed over the patient’s nose, and the flow level is adjusted by the dentist until the patient is comfortable. One advantage of this method is that as soon as the dental work is complete, the patient receives 100% oxygen and the feeling of sedation is gone within a few minutes.
  3. Intravenous Conscious Sedation (IV) – This type of sedation is ideal for patients with extreme anxiety when it comes to dental procedures, or for those who are having complex dental work that takes a longer period of time to complete. Although the patient is conscious, he or she remembers virtually nothing about the dental work being performed.
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With conscious sedation, most patients describe feeling as though they have “slept” through the appointment. Those who have had nitrous oxide sedation often compare it to feeling like they are “floating” or to having had a few glasses of wine. The oral sedatives have a similar effect, depending on the type of pill and dosage. All three sedation methods will allow you to communicate with your dentist during the procedure. Throughout the appointment, your doctor will closely monitor your vital signs and overall comfort level.

If you are sedated you will need someone to bring you to our office on the day of your appointment. Also, you MUST make sure you have someone to take you home afterward.

Located in Carlstadt, New Jersey

Dr. Gerald V. Rizzo, D.M.D.

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    445 Hackensack St
    Carlstadt, NJ 07072

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